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Paca House provides new permanent home for homeless

Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 17:46:00-05

Getting support to start a better life can be difficult. Especially for those who are homeless. The Paca House Program with Volunteers of America in Baltimore looks to lend a helping hand.

Just two and a half years ago, Denise Smith was homeless and living in a shelter. Thanks to the Paca House Program, she now has a permanent place to call home. 

 “I had the biggest smile on my face that I could ever muster," said Smith. "It was a blessing to know that I was finally able to get ready to move into some place that I could actually call my own.”

The Paca House is a supportive housing program for formerly homeless people like Smith. The program helps them get back on their feet and provides them with the tools they need for a brighter future.

James Wynn, Volunteers of America
 “We work with them to help them to become self-sufficient," said James Wynn, the Vice President of Development with Volunteers of America. "To overcome any issues of mental health, to overcome any issues of substance abuse and to learn to work in a community or live in a community where they can work together and help each other to overcome.”

Helping to pay it forward are former residents like Monet Galloway. Four years ago she and her children were homeless living in a shelter. That was until the Paca House stepped in.

“I just felt like change was coming," said Galloway. "And it was coming for the better.”

She went from a resident to a volunteer with the program to a full-time employee. Now Galloway is using her success as motivation for others. In fact, she's become a mentor for residents like Smith, helping them transition through the program. 

Volunteers of America and the Paca House are always looking for support. They ask for any talents or treasures to help those in need move forward and become self-sufficent.